Defense Contractors: If It Wasn't For Diplomatic Immunity-Protected Rape, They'd Never Get Laid

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Jamie Leigh Jones, who will appear on 20/20 this week to discuss how she was gang-raped, imprisoned and threatened with the loss of her job while working as an administrative assistant for erstwhile Halliburton subsidiary Kellogg, Brown & Root in Iraq two years ago, has started a foundation to help women like herself who are raped and/or harassed abroad by government contractors and others who have tricky legal status. How many women like that are there out here? Well, last January a Florida woman sued KB&R after being raped while in Iraq and under the company's employ. In a complaint we've excerpted after the jump, she contends her rapist stole a key to her apartment from a locker, which was unlocked because how else were the Halliburton boys supposed to coerce sex from their limited supply of female co-workers? She also maintains that her rapist he was so drunk he could barely stand.



(Drinking being, of course, in itself a violation of policy but a common theme running through pretty much every report of government contractor misdeeds in Iraq, especially those occurring as this did, right around the holidays.)

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The Florida woman also maintains it was non-consensual sex, though Halliburton (apparently) internally determined it was consensual, while also protecting the identity of the alleged rapist from her, which is sort of doubly insulting if you think about it; not only are they alleging she consented to sex but they're alleging she consented to sex with someone she did not know.

The assailant continues to "move about freely." He has been neither reassigned nor punished in any way. Some screen shots of the plaintiff's filings against KB&R:

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Related: Victim: Gang-Rape Cover-Up by U.S., Halliburton/KBR [ABC News]

Earlier: "What, Don't You Always End Up In Need Of Reconstructive Surgery After A Night Of Good Consensual Sex?"

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@jbd:

So this post is about a particularly vile scenario. I posted about someone that I have come into contact with who I also found to be pretty revolting. It is not a condemnation of all contractors, but at the same time, it's a very political issue. We have troops there serving their country and because that resource isn't enough, our government is paying civilians a lot more money to do the same jobs without having to answer to anyone. Maybe I don't agree with that. Maybe I don't even agree with having troops there. You're right, I don't know that some of them aren't trying to make it a better place, but Haliburton is not the Peace Corps nor are these men volunteering. Some men do rape women, but I certainly don't think all men rape women. This is one example, unfortunately one that does not stand alone, and I am responding to it.